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Before starting back, I called once
more.
To my amazement, three gobblers
sounded off simultaneously from what
I guessed to be about 100 yards away.
The next few calls drew three thundering gobbles.
Then, there was silence.
The next gobble I heard was from
farther away, and I was guessing the
three gobblers already were with hens.
If so, there was no use trying to coax
them back now.
But I knew hope wasn't lost.
Over the past few years I hunted
with my buddy, I learned about the "11
o'clock rule."
We'd taken most of our gobblers
around 11 a.m., when hens typically
go off to nest, leaving the toms to
themselves.
When hunting with my buddy, we'd
often leave when mornings became
slow, then return around 11 a.m.
But at this spot, leaving would mean
first having to fight my way out of the
briars, and then back into them again. It

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seemed a recipe for bumping any gobblers that might
still be in the area.
So I decided to make my
move now, then await
what I hoped would
be a late-morning
opportunity.
I made it
through the
briars to a good
spot that provided
both cover and some clear
shooting lanes. I set up my hen
decoy and sat down against a tree.
While I had time on my hands,
I didn't want to do anything that
could tip turkeys off to my presence.
I made up my mind I wouldn't
begin calling until 10:55 a.m. and,
despite the painfully slow passing
of time, I resisted the temptation
to remove the call from my vest.
Finally, the moment arrived. I
pulled the striker across the glass
call, and three deafening gobbles
rang out from fewer than 40 yards
to my left. I never expected the
toms to be so close.
I carefully picked up my gun
and laid it across my lap. Another
series of calls brought three more
gobbles, and the birds definitely were
closing the distance. I laid the call on
the ground and got ready.
Within seconds, I could see the heads
of three gobblers moving steadily in the
direction of my decoy.
I felt confident I'd be able to connect
on one of them if they traveled just 10
more yards.
My heart was pounding out of my
chest as I pointed the muzzle toward an
opening and waited for my shot.



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